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Field Construction Volunteer

Hiring Organization:
Orangutan Foundation International

Date Posted:

Position Description:
Come to Borneo, the world’s oldest jungle, and help OFI build a much needed structure! You may be building a bridge, an enclosure, an infant orangutan jungle gym, or another structure to help OFI continue our work to save orangutans in the rainforest.

Field volunteers complete projects which aid critically important aspects of our on-the-ground programs. The Field Construction Volunteer Program was developed because concerned individuals asked to participate directly in the work. We believe that together we can ensure that wild orangutans do not become extinct in our lifetimes.


Each volunteer team runs for a set period of approximately 3 weeks (20-25 days, depending on the team). The cost of taking part in each team is listed below and is to be paid upon acceptance of volunteer’s application. This payment is non-refundable and is meant to hold your spot on the team.

Team 1: May 1 - May 25 ($1275.00 USD)
Team 2: July 6 - July 25 ($975.00 USD)
Team 3: August 1 - August 25 ($1275.00 USD)

Be ready for:
- hands-on manual work in a hot, humid, equatorial environment, buzzing and biting insects – and poisonous snakes, basic, remote, isolated living conditions: no running hot water, rudimentary toilet and shower facilities,
- possibly sleeping in the middle of the forest in temporary shelters,
- 3 meals per day (rice and vegetables, possibly supplemented by eggs, chicken, tofu or fish),
- construction work: building, carrying, sawing, cutting, etc – heavy lifting required!

Volunteer projects will take place at one of the following sites*:
The Orangutan Care Center and Quarantine (OCCQ)
In the Dayak village of Pasir Panjang
Camp Leakey
Guard Posts within protected forests
Remote release sites
And other sites to be determined
*The projects for 2014 will not be confirmed until later in the year and will be specific to the needs at that time.

A volunteer's typical day:
7:00am – 8:00am – Breakfast
8:00am – Work Begins
12:00pm – Lunch break
1:00pm – Work
5:00pm – Work ends, time to bathe
7:00pm – Dinner
7:30pm – Discussion of day’s events and discussion of next day’s work
9:00pm – Bed (at volunteer’s discretion)


Established in 1986 by Dr. Biruté Mary Galdikas, Orangutan Foundation International (OFI) is a nonprofit charity. We care deeply about conservation and animal welfare, and have protected more than 1.5 million acres of rainforest habitat and saved hundreds of captive and orphaned orangutans from death or a dire life in captivity - giving them a second chance to grow up and be free.

For more information on OFI's Field Construction Volunteer Program, follow the link to our website:

- Volunteers do not need experience in the field, just a willingness to help, a sincere interest in forest conservation and orangutan survival, and a passion for the work OFI does.
- Volunteers are expected to work approximately 8 hours per day with one day of rest on Sunday. This volunteer experience should not be viewed as a “holiday.”
- You must be a member of the Orangutan Foundation International.
- You must be 18 years of age or above.
- You must be in good physical condition and be prepared for hands-on manual work in a hot, steamy, equatorial environment that may occasionally have buzzing and biting insects and other inconveniences as well as the occasional danger [such as the rare venomous snake].
- Volunteers should also be cognizant that Borneo’s endemic diseases consist of such tropical diseases as malaria, dengue, typhus, hepatitis, etc.


Please read through all of the information about the Field Construction Volunteer Program at the link above and then follow the instructions under the heading "How to Apply" on that page. If you have further questions about the program or the application process, please contact us at

Contact Information:
Ruth Linsky

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